Continental champions Ivory Coast, Australia rise in FIFA rankings led by Germany

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Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure, with teammates, celebrate after winning their African Cup of Nations final soccer match against Ghana in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)


Ivory Coast players celebrates with the trophy after winning their African Cup of Nations final soccer match against Ghana in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)


ZURICH — African Cup of Nations winner Ivory Coast rose eight places to No. 20 in the monthly FIFA rankings, with Germany remaining No. 1.

Australia soared 37 places to No. 63 following its Asian Cup title as host nation last month.

Still, neither continental champion is ranked highest in its confederation.

Algeria at No. 18 leads African nations and Iran is Asia's best, rising 10 places to No. 41.

Germany leads an unchanged top seven, followed by Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil and Portugal.

France fell out of a tie with Portugal to No. 8, and Uruguay and Spain traded places as Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.

Costa Rica climbed three to No. 13 and leads CONCACAF nations.

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